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When and Where to See the Super-Rare Supermoon Lunar Eclipse

When and Where to See the Super-Rare Supermoon Lunar Eclipse

There will be a supermoon lunar eclipse this Sunday Sept. 27 and if you miss it, your next chance won’t be until 2033. According to Discovery News, it’s a “confluence of three events: a full moon; a lunar eclipse, in which the Earth blocks the sun’s light from hitting the moon; and lunar perigee, when […]

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    Earth Has Lost Half of Its Trees Since Dawn of Civilization

    Earth Has Lost Half of Its Trees Since Dawn of Civilization

    An international collaboration of scientists has just completed the ultimate green census—by calculating that the planet is home to 3.04 trillion trees. The latest estimate is far higher and almost certainly more accurate than any previous attempt. But the bad news is that humans are removing trees at the rate of 15 billion a year—and […]

    Sea Level Rising Faster Than Expected, NASA Warns

    Sea Level Rising Faster Than Expected, NASA Warns

    New research underway indicates that at least three feet of global sea level rise is near certain, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) scientists warned Wednesday. Sea levels have already risen 3 inches on average since 1992, with some areas experiencing as much as a 9-inch rise. Photo credit: NASA / Saskia Madlener That’s the higher […]

    One of World’s Fastest Melting Glaciers May Have Lost Largest Chunk of Ice in Recorded History

    One of World’s Fastest Melting Glaciers May Have Lost Largest Chunk of Ice in Recorded History

    With the world’s glaciers melting at record rates, the Jakobshavn—Greenland‘s fastest-moving glacier and one of the fastest melting in the world—may have lost its largest chunk of ice in recorded history. Massive calving event on Greenland’s fastest melting #glacier http://t.co/aRvxQcDOvf Images: http://t.co/fmoHfapp4o pic.twitter.com/VC4arPdVw0 — The Ice Age (@Jamie_Woodward_) August 20, 2015 The Washington Post reported […]

    Why Green Beans Are Fruits and Strawberries Are Not

    Why Green Beans Are Fruits and Strawberries Are Not

    When scientists classify fruits, vegetables and nuts, it all comes down to anatomy. But in popular culture, we often get it all mixed up calling fruits vegetables and vegetables fruits. Thankfully, the good people at SciShow are here to clear things up. They’ve put together a video that explains how common produce items should really be classified. Sure, […]

    NASA: ‘If You See One Meteor Shower This Year, Make It the Perseids’

    NASA: ‘If You See One Meteor Shower This Year, Make It the Perseids’

    One of the best meteor showers of the year—the Perseids—will delight stargazers this week. “If you see one meteor shower this year, make it August’s Perseids or December’s Geminids,” NASA says. “The Perseids feature fast and bright meteors that frequently leave trains, and in 2015 there will be no moonlight to upstage the shower.” Plus, August is […]

    NASA Astronauts Grow Vegetables in Space for First Time

    NASA Astronauts Grow Vegetables in Space for First Time

    Goodbye freeze-dried space food. NASA’s astronauts aboard the International Space Station are taking a giant leap with its menu: fresh-grown vegetables. 3 astronauts will harvest and taste space-grown lettuce today at 11:15am on @NASA TV… http://t.co/C7LVQGyw5P pic.twitter.com/kFNvikrV2z — Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) August 10, 2015 Expedition 44 crew members, including astronaut Scott Kelly who’s on […]

    NASA Captures ‘EPIC’ Image of the Dark Side of the Moon

    NASA Captures ‘EPIC’ Image of the Dark Side of the Moon

    Calling all Pink Floyd fans, NASA recently released the latest image of the dark side of the moon. The far side of the moon, which is not visible from Earth and is often referred to as the dark side of the moon, has been captured by NASA’s aptly named EPIC (Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera) on board the […]

    World’s Glaciers Melting at Record Rate

    World’s Glaciers Melting at Record Rate

    The world’s glaciers are melting fast—probably faster than at any time in recorded history, according to new research. Many glaciers in the European Alps could lose about 50 percent of their present surface area. Photo credit: TonnyB / Wikimedia Commons Measurements show several hundred glaciers are losing between half and one meter of thickness every […]